AFP / Yuzuru Sunada
Spain’s two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain won the fourth stage of the Volta ao Algarve on Saturday to make serious inroads into Michal Kwiatkowski’s lead with one day’s riding to go. Contador, with the Tinkoff-Saxo team, was 32 seconds adrift going into the 164.5 kilometer ride, but after beating Rui Costa to the summit finish at Alto do Malhao, he had cut that deficit to just 16 seconds. Local rider and world road race champion Costa came in three seconds behind Contador with Kwiatkowski in third, 10 secends back.
The Algarve race concludes with Sunday’s sprinter-friendly 155.8km fifth stage between Tavira and Vilamoura.
Volta ao Algarve Stage 4
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/Tinkoff-Saxo) 4:02:08
2. Rui Costa (POR) @ :03
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) @ :10
4. Eduard Prades (ESP) @ :13
5. Tiago Machado (POR) s.t.
General Classification After Stage 4
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/Omega Pharma) 13:05:50
2. Alberto Contador (ESP) @ :16
3. Rui Costa (POR) @ :29
4. Alexandre Geniez (FRA) @ 1:10
5. Wilco Kelderman (NED) @ 1:29